The Wonder People - Faces of Resilience People and Climate Change
Japan: Amazing Culture and Nature Niger: Beautiful and Surprising Iran: Amazing People and Nature Morocco: Slowly Changing Denmark at Its Best Canada: Around the Arctic Panama: Old & New Omo Valley Ethiopia: Tribes Threadened by Climate Change Guatemala: Coping with Climate Change Brazil: The Worst Drought Cuba: In Slow Transition Argentina: Glacier melt in Patagonia Syria in a changing climate Jordan: Climate and Other Impacts Algeria: In Transition Tunisia after the spring Egypt: Beyond the revolution Yemen hard hit by climate change Lebanon: Climate & other change Oman: A hidden gem Brazil: Drought (B&W) The Gulf: Here and now China in transition

Dorte Verner’s photography focuses on people that have no voice and will never make the news. She captures their beauty and strength through intimate moments, whether in refugee camps or in indigenous communities impacted by climate change. Dorte's portfolio centers on environmental portraits, with images inspired by the life and livelihood of people living in extreme situations and in remote geographical locations. These include rural areas in Africa such as Omo Valley, the Arabian Deserts, Latin America’s semi-arid areas and the Amazon, and Asia’s mountains and plains. Many of the people living in these areas are affected by climate change, globalization, and other changes, which they have contributed little to. Others are forcibly displaced, including refugees.

Dorte was born in Denmark and lives in Washington, D.C., USA.   She is a Photographer and holds a PhD in economics .

Dorte has received numerous awards for her photography and her work is published in books, magazines, and on websites. Her photographs are featured in solo and group exhibits, and her images are on permanent display in International Organizations. 

NEW 2018:

  • The Wonder People opens January 19 at Photoworks Gallery in Glen Echo Park. There will be a reception and gallery talk on January 21 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and the exhibit will run through February 25.


  • The Wonder People exhibit is a series of photographs of children and adults caught in the global refugee crisis. Dorte Verner captured the exhibited photographs of people caught in  22 countries and originally from Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kurdistan, Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and more over the past three years. The photographs are a rare look into the life of “The Wonder People” around the globe.


Awards 2017:

exhibition 2017:

Awards and exhibition 2016:

Awards and exhibition 2015 & 2014

  • Photographer of the Year award the International Photographic society, 2015
  • Honorbale Mention for Cuban Joy, Santa Fe Workshops, 2015
  • Honorbale Mention for Cuban Joy, International Photography Award (IPA), 2015

Dorte’s work is exhibited in:  The Louvre in Paris,  Center for Digital Imaging Arts,  The International Monetary Fund,  Tryst,  The World Bank,  The Goethe Institute,  Photo Works, and The Foto Central at FotoWeekDC.

Selected Books and Other Publications:

In 2012, her book Arab People in Transition: Climatic and Cultural Change was rewarded third place in FotoWeekDC International Award Competition in the photojournalism category.

Dorte has published a second photo book about Indigenous peoples in Omo Valley, Ethiopia and climate change: People of the Omo Valley Under Climate and Other Pressures.

Dorte’s photos are published in magazines such as in Shutterbug, Environment Matters and on websites e.g. the World Bank.  IFPRI's Arab Spatial.  Dorte's photographs are also displayed on covers and inside books:  

Dorte also served as a judge in numerous Photo contests, including  “Picture Inequality” a Global Photo Contest hosted by The World Bank in Washington D.C.  The photo contest received 750 submissions from 71 countries.